Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes: all of these are fruits that belong to the citrus family. They share similar kinds of pulp, thick rinds, and the fact that they grow well in warm climates.

If you live in Florida, then you know about citrus. Most of the country's oranges and other citrus come from Florida, with California a close second. But oranges aren't the only citrus fruits. There are lemons, limes, grapefruits, just to name just a few. You can recognize a citrus fruit by its brightly colored, thick, and peelable rind. Citrus fruits are juicy and pulpy and make for a great breakfast. Not for me, though. All the acid in citrus makes my stomach upset.

Definitions of citrus

n any of numerous tropical usually thorny evergreen trees of the genus Citrus having leathery evergreen leaves and widely cultivated for their juicy edible fruits having leathery aromatic rinds

citrus tree
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orange, orange tree
any citrus tree bearing oranges
Citrus decumana, Citrus grandis, Citrus maxima, pomelo, pomelo tree, pummelo, shaddock
southeastern Asian tree producing large fruits resembling grapefruits
Citrus medica, citron, citron tree
thorny evergreen small tree or shrub of India widely cultivated for its large lemonlike fruits that have thick warty rind
Citrus paradisi, grapefruit
citrus tree bearing large round edible fruit having a thick yellow rind and juicy somewhat acid pulp
Citrus reticulata, mandarin, mandarin orange, mandarin orange tree
shrub or small tree having flattened globose fruit with very sweet aromatic pulp and thin yellow-orange to flame-orange rind that is loose and easily removed; native to southeastern Asia
Citrus tangelo, tangelo, tangelo tree, ugli fruit
hybrid between grapefruit and mandarin orange; cultivated especially in Florida
Citrus limonia, lemanderin, rangpur, rangpur lime
hybrid between mandarin orange and lemon having very acid fruit with orange peel
Citrus limon, lemon, lemon tree
a small evergreen tree that originated in Asia but is widely cultivated for its fruit
Citrus aurantifolia, lime, lime tree
any of various related trees bearing limes
Citroncirus webberi, citrange, citrange tree
more aromatic and acidic than oranges
cumquat, kumquat, kumquat tree
any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella bearing small orange-colored edible fruits with thick sweet-flavored skin and sour pulp
Citrus aurantium, Seville orange, bigarade, bitter orange, bitter orange tree, marmalade orange, sour orange
any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock
Citrus bergamia, bergamot, bergamot orange
small tree with pear-shaped fruit whose oil is used in perfumery; Italy
tangerine, tangerine tree
a variety of mandarin orange
clementine, clementine tree
a variety of mandarin orange that is grown around the Mediterranean and in South Africa
satsuma, satsuma tree
a variety of mandarin orange
Citrus sinensis, sweet orange, sweet orange tree
probably native to southern China; widely cultivated as source of table and juice oranges
Citrus nobilis, king orange, tangor, temple orange, temple orange tree
large citrus tree having large sweet deep orange fruit that is easily peeled; widely cultivated in Florida
Citrus limetta, sweet lemon, sweet lime
lemon tree having fruit with a somewhat insipid sweetish pulp
Fortunella japonica, marumi, marumi kumquat, round kumquat
shrub bearing round-fruited kumquats
Fortunella margarita, nagami, nagami kumquat, oval kumquat
shrub bearing oval-fruited kumquats
Type of:
fruit tree
tree bearing edible fruit

n any of numerous fruits of the genus Citrus having thick rind and juicy pulp; grown in warm regions

citrous fruit, citrus fruit
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round yellow to orange fruit of any of several citrus trees
mandarin, mandarin orange
a somewhat flat reddish-orange loose skinned citrus of China
small oval citrus fruit with thin sweet rind and very acid pulp
yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh
the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees
large yellow fruit with somewhat acid juicy pulp; usual serving consists of a half
pomelo, shaddock
large pear-shaped fruit similar to grapefruit but with coarse dry pulp
more aromatic and acid tasting than oranges; used in beverages and marmalade
large lemonlike fruit with thick aromatic rind; usually preserved
temple orange
large sweet easily-peeled Florida fruit with deep orange rind
a mandarin orange of a deep reddish orange color and few seeds
medium-sized largely seedless mandarin orange with thin smooth skin
any of various deep orange mandarins grown in the United States and southern Africa
Seville orange, bitter orange, sour orange
highly acidic orange used especially in marmalade
sweet orange
orange with sweet juicy pulp; often has a thin skin
key lime
small yellow-green limes of southern Florida
Type of:
edible fruit
edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh

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